We’re improving the safety of State Highway 1 (SH1) from Levin to Foxton while we work to deliver the new highway from Ōtaki to north of Levin. Once the new highway is complete, these safety improvements will keep people safe while they transition to a different driving environment.
Between 2018 and 2022, there were 122 crashes on this stretch of road which resulted in five people dying and 20 being seriously injured. To help prevent deaths and serious injuries on this road, we’re planning to install a roundabout at the intersection with Waitārere Beach Road, stretches of painted wide centreline, roadside and median barrier, and new turnaround facilities.
We know these types of safety improvements are new for the area and have engaged our iwi and hapū partners, local government partners, key stakeholders, and the local community to get feedback and insights and to address any concerns about the infrastructure improvements. A summary of the feedback we received can be downloaded through the link below.
Engagement summary [PDF, 255 KB]
The safety improvements will be constructed in stages. Improvements north of the Manawatū River Bridge will be constructed first, followed by improvements south of the bridge (subject to funding approval). Construction is expected to begin in early 2024.
Improvements being made between Foxton and the Manawatū River Bridge include a turnaround at the southern entrance to Foxton for people heading south, painted wide centre lines, and a flexible median barrier from south of Foxton up to the existing median barrier at the Manawatū River Bridge.
Improvements being made between the Manawatū River Bridge and Levin include a roundabout at the intersection of SH1 and Waitārere Beach Road, painted wide centrelines, stretches of flexible median barrier and side barriers, and turnaround facilities at the Oturoa Road intersection and on the eastern side of SH1 at Koputaroa Road.
An information sheet, which includes a map of the proposed improvements, can be downloaded below.
SH1 Levin to Foxton safety improvements information sheet – June 2023 [PDF, 1.1 MB]